2 May 2012

Gambia: Wrestling Association Congress Set for Saturday

The Gambia Wrestling Association on Sunday held its annual general meeting (AGM) at the Conference Hall of the Independence Stadium and Friendship Hostel. The main aim of the meeting wasto discuss on the voting criteria to be adopted for the delayed congress that will now take place on Saturday 5th April at the Independence Stadium Friendship Hotel at 10.00 am.

A press release issued by the executive secretary of the National Sports Council (NSC) Mamudou Max Jallow, stated that all club members affiliated to the Gambia Wrestling Association will have two voting rights, the nine executive members and one regional representative respectively.

The release further stated that it is important to note that only Gambian residents are eligible to be voted into office. "All Regions are requested to send one representative who must be nominated by the Regional Sports Committee. In this regard, all Regions are requested to have Wrestling Sub-Committees that will support efforts of the Wrestling Association to achieve its objective from the Regions and Local level," the release added.

The release however, failed to clarify whether a promoter is eligible to be voted into office, an argument that led to the cancellation of the last elections. And this could be a hint that the decision that would have disqualified Abdoulie Bojang might now qualify him to stand for election.

Bojang, a long time vice president to Matarr Jarjue came face-to-face with his boss during the last congress much to the surprise of some delegates and observers especially after Jarjue announced that he willstep down and relinquish his position due to his busy schedule.

Jarjue decided to stand for re-election due to what he called Bojang's ineligibility to contest and after a deadlock, the NSC called off the elections and asked them to put their house in order. However, sources close to Observer Sports have revealed that Bojang is thinking of dropping his candidacy to back his boss in the interest of wrestling in the country.

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